Former Husker Michael Mariot returns to Omaha, gives up winning runs as Chasers lose

Former Husker Michael Mariot allowed the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning in his first appearance with the Storm Chasers since 2015, and Omaha blew a five-run lead in an 8-6 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park.

Mariot, whose last appearance in the major leagues was in 2016 with Philadelphia, is in his second stint with the Royals organization, which drafted him in 2010. He was released by El Paso in May then shortly after signed a minor league deal with the Royals and was assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He was called up Friday.

The Chasers (28-34) took a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning on Frank Schwindel’s team-leading 12th home run of the season, but then the Omaha bullpen gave that lead away. Justin Grimm walked in a run in the sixth, and Richard Lovelady allowed three runs on three hits and an error in the seventh. Pat Valaika’s homer in the eighth tied the game.

Parker Morin hit his first homer of the season for Omaha, and starter Glenn Sparkman allowed one run on six hits and no walks while striking out four in five innings.

The Chasers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, play the final game of a four-game series at 12:05 p.m. Monday.

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